SketchUp is a 3D modeling program that is intended primarily for computer aided design (CAD) of buildings and other types of architecture, as well as related components such as furniture. It was once owned by Google, which has since sold it to Trimble Navigation Limited. SketchUp comes in two editions: a limited noncommercial free version and a relatively inexpensive professional version. It also boasts a large collection of premade models in its 3D Warehouse. The program can be used not only for static renderings, but also for animation and 3D printing.
- Huge collection of models in its 3D Warehouse
- Can be used for animation and 3D printing in addition to standard renderings
- Professional version comes with technical support
- Easy to learn and use
- Has both a free version and a low-cost professional version
- Lots of community resources
- Free edition is very limited
- Not adept at all types of 3D modeling
SketchUp has long been a popular program for designing all sorts of architecture, and with good reason. It is very easy to use. Even someone with limited or no experience in 3D modeling can jump right in and use it with little effort. It can also be quite fun to use. While SketchUp has had a free edition for some time, it has become quite limited. It is now cloud based and runs in a web browser. Users only get 10 MB of storage and they cannot use the program for commercial uses. The free edition also has very few options for importing and exporting of models. SketchUp Pro is a standalone application that can be used for commercial purposes and comes with technical support. Among its many features are importing and exporting to a wide range of formats, and an advance layout tool. At $695, it is also not that expensive in comparison to other CAD packages. SketchUp Pro further has a free trial and students can purchase it at a discount. Both versions of SketchUp provide access to the 3D Warehouse, a huge collection of premade models, some of which are fantastic. But sometimes there are too many models to choose from, and the quality of them isn't always consistent.
I have been using sketchup since college and have always loved the ease of your product. My career has brought me back around to a point where rending is a necessity and I couldn't have been happier. Until I realized this once beautiful program who was my constant companion a few years ago has reached such a level of corruption. Beyond basic uses for your free program which was always offering more, and to purchase your full program is pretty disgusting. You are selling yourself at a level of autocad or 20/20 and yet you are not on that level. For shame sketchup, for shame.
my password wasn't working so I clicked reset password. it has been about a week or 2 and I still don't have an email back. other than that it looks great(if I could actually get into it).